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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-297

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 17, 2019
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    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8060

    Attempt to Identify Person

    Attempt to locate man possibly linked to missing person case
    • Hillsborough County


    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is working with the Rochester Police Department to identify a man seen on video who could be linked to a missing person case.

    Samuel Ortiz (DOB: 11/25/1979) went missing on July 6 from Rochester, New York. His vehicle, a blue Chevrolet Equinox, was located engulfed in flames on the 800 block of Russell Lane in Brandon around midnight on July 9.

    Detectives are releasing surveillance video showing a man who was in the area at the time of the vehicle fire. Detectives are hoping to locate and talk to the man.

    Anyone who recognizes the man seen on video is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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